Hanley's phenomenal photorealist drawings using 24 Carat
gold points are featured in the August / September '11 issue of
International Artist magazine. See Also links to his work
in the Contemporary Artists section.
Art Gallery (Troy, NY) will open an exhibition called,
"Luminous Metal: Contemporary Drawings in Metalpoint"
on August 26, 2011, running through September 29, 2011. An opening
reception will be held on Friday August 26 from 6-9pm. Artists included
in the exhibition are: Carol O'Neill, Banjie Getsinger Nicholas, Charles
Steckler, Jeff Lewis, Richard Kirk, Jon Gernon (also Curator), Dennis
Angel, Jeannine Cook, Aaron Board and Tom Mazzulo.
(Watertown, CT) will host a silverpoint demonstration by Banjie Nicholas
on March 14 2011 at 7:00. Contact Banjie at banjie@gmail for more
new solo ehibition at Galerie
Mourlot opens Thursday, January 27, 2011 6-9
p.m. See also this review
in Art Daily.
pointed out to me by Jennifer Lintelmann, its creator. She also sometimes
displays metalpoint drawings on her home
|The Ohio Valley
Art League presents "The
Lustre of Silver: Contemporary Metalpoint Drawings" February
4 through March 1, 2010, derived from the Evansville show co-curated
by Koo Schadler and Jeannine Cook.
is included in
"Modern Drawings: Tracing 100 Years" at the Academy
Art Museum, Easton, MD from Feb. 12-April 2, 2010
Masters Formula Ground has been discontinued, but the formula and
directions have been posted - if you
want it, you make it, from materials available at most art supply
stores. The Golden Artists Colors Silverpoint / Drawing ground has
become the default ground, it has essentially the same response
as the Old Masters ground and is much easier to use. 2-7-2010
been made permanent!
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Hey, I've made an impact! (It was only a matter
of time.) It appears that Natural Pigments
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for most. I take this as a compliment, and I'm delighted they are
helping to re-establish Silverpoint Drawing.
One major difference: their "Old Masters" formula is derived
from Cenninni - a less-than-ideal choice, in my opinion.
Another plus, or so I choose to view it: Natural Pigments is a much
bigger company than my solo operation; so, if anything happens to
me, there will still be a supplier of quality, affordable silverpoint
materials in the world!
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on the Savannah, GA, Telfair Museum's Luster of Silver show, the
of Arts, Science & History, Evansville, IN, will be hosting
their "Luster of Silver - Contemporary Metalpoints"
exhibition (curated by Koo Schadler & Jeannine Cook
for the Museum) on June 28th-Sept. 13, 2009. The opening reception
will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 6 - 8 p.m. This exhibition
is the "heir" to the Savannah show, but with different
work from 27 artists.
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Introduction to SilverPoint Web, and Silverpoint
This site was developed in response to my frustration in trying
to locate information and materials on and for the silverpoint medium,
and is the result of more than five years of research (some of which was
conducted in Her
Majesty's Collection at Windsor Castle, and in the Prints
and Drawings Collection of the British Museum, London) and much experimentation.
Most of what has been published in current print sources about this ancient
medium is incorrect; SilverPoint Web corrects the misinformation.
(But I also give credit where credit is due.)
On this site you will find a brief history
of the medium with an overview of the process,
a discussion of some of the more notable practitioners, and two "gallery"
areas, one of links to images available on the 'Web which show the
tremendous range and promise of silverpoint, and the other of contemporary
artists working in the medium.
to the practicing artist or fine arts student is
- The workshops
section which demonstrates the entire procedure required
to produce a high-quality "silverpoint drawing," and
- The list of materials available
including points, stylus, grounds, ground materials, plus do-it-yourself
About Silverpoint Drawing:
point, descendant of the stylus of classical times and
ancestor of the modern pencil, a small, sharpened metal rod used
for drawing precise compositions on paper or parchment. The metal
could be lead, silver, copper, or gold, but silverpoint was the
most common choice because it is the most suited to permanent drawing,
its stroke adhering unerasably. The silverpoint was of great value
in producing the hard, clearly defined line required, for instance,
by miniaturists; modelling, emphasis, and light phenomena, however,
had to be rendered either by means of repetitions, dense hatching,
or blanks or else supplemented by other mediums." Encyclopaedia
Britannica (online), 1996.
Drawing instrument (the forerunner of the pencil) made from a small,
pointed metal tip, usually of lead, silver, copper or gold, encased
in a wooden holder. Metalpoint can be used on various supports,
including paper, parchment, wood and ivory, but the surface usually
requires a special preparation or ground for the metal to leave
a mark. Paper, which is most commonly used, is coated with an opaque
white or tinted ground composed of lead-white powdered bone, pigment
and gum-water. Several layers are applied. The natural tone for
the ground is off-white, but it can be colored with any pigment.
The ground has to be sightly granular for the metalpoint stylus
to rub off and must have sufficient 'tooth' to retain the metal
particles..." The Dictionary of Art, 1996
has long been the preferred metalpoint medium, due to the ease with
which it slides over a prepared surface and responds to pressure
and for its trait of tarnishing over time. The color of the silver
is gray when it is first applied to a prepared surface. Upon tarnishing,
the silver attains a warm, mellow, brown tonality. The degree and
rate of transformation is dependent on exposure to air, pollution,
and the chosen ground. Artists who have worked in the medium often
greet the resulting change in color with a sense of excitement and
surprise, a process categorized by Victor Koulbak as the 'self-developing
of the drawing.' The silver radiates a soft, effusive tonality,
an almost ghostly luminosity. Silver acquires a shimmer and, as
a result, it catches and reflects light." Bruce Weber,
"Silverpoint Drawing," in American Artist, March 1986.
drawings have been described as elegant, delicate, and precise.
They display the "hand of the artist" more than perhaps any other medium,
and are more completely archival than any other; drawings from
the late Medieval period through the Renaissance have survived to the
present without damage due to the inertness and permanence of the materials.
Although it is true that the process of creating a silverpoint drawing
in the way of the "Old Masters" is time-consuming, the end result is well
worth the effort. And there is something about the medium that encourages
precision, depth, control and richness.
Contrary to descriptions in MANY current publications,
it is possible for the contemporary artist to execute bold, expressive,
modern works using silverpoint; the key is in the ground used. Although
the points themselves can vary to some degree (i.e., diameter, alloy content,
softness, and shape of the point), there is tremendous variety in the
grounds which have been employed in preparing the surface. Contemporary
sources almost exclusively describe the Gum Arabic formulation, and its
readily-available watercolor/gouache derivatives. Still other publications
and quite a few web sites describe acrylic mixtures which, although they
allow a mark to be made, continue to allow the "faint" epithet
to be true. A few commercially available alternatives may substitute rice
paste or other non-permanent water-soluble binders. These grounds are
self-limiting, and in my opinion come nowhere near fulfilling the promise
of the medium.
Golden Artist Colors' new Silverpoint / Drawing
Ground is a recent development and is an excellent acrylic
formulation, providing ease of use without the problems associated with
other acrylic-based products; I not only highly recommend it but also
now supply it, in the Complete Kit and separately.
Artists are encouraged
to explore, and dare to achieve the excellence their works deserve!
Note: Information on this site is provided free of charge
and may be used in the practice of the fine artist or student, including
the creation of works for sale, HOWEVER: All informational material on
this site, with the exception of external links, is Copyrighted (©
James Michael Glenn 1993-2011) and may not be reproduced nor redistributed
in any form except in compliance with "Fair Use" guidelines as it applies
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Last update: August 2011